Harmony Montgomery’s disappearance reduced to 13 days

CONCORD, NH (AP) — Investigators have narrowed the window for the disappearance of a New Hampshire girl who has been missing since late 2019 at the age of 5 to a 13-day period coinciding with the deportation of her father and his mother-in-law from their home, with testimony from the family living in cars, the attorney general’s office said Monday.

Adam and Kayla Montgomery, along with their two children and Adam’s daughter, Harmony Montgomery, were evicted from the Manchester home on November 27, 2019, the office said in a press release. Police searched the house earlier this month, but have released no further information.

“Several people reported seeing Harmony with Adam and Kayla in the following days; however, from around December 6-10, 2019, Adam and Kayla apparently only had their two children together, and Harmony was no longer with them,” the press release reads.

“This information leads police to believe that it was at some point during this window of approximately November 28 to December 10, 2019 that Harmony Montgomery went missing.”

Witnesses reported that at the time, Adam and Kayla Montgomery and the children were homeless and living in cars. The attorney general’s office provided a description and photos of a silver 2010 Chrysler Sebring and a dark blue 2006 Audi S4.

In court on Monday during an appearance for Kayla Montgomery, Assistant Attorney General Jesse O’Neill told a judge ‘there is no evidence’ that Harmony Montgomery was with her mother after Thanksgiving 2019 – or much before that. .

He said Harmony’s mother had been “extremely cooperative” with the investigation. She first reported her daughter missing last November and last saw her in a FaceTime chat over Easter 2019.

Kayla Montgomery, center, stepmother of missing daughter Harmony Montgomery, is escorted to North Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester, NH on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, where she pleaded not guilty to charges accusing her of lied last year that Harmony was at her household claiming food stamps. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Kayla Montgomery pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of lying last year that Harmony was in her house to claim food stamps.

O’Neill on Monday called for Kayla Montgomery’s $5,000 cash bond to continue, saying she was at risk of fleeing and that “she knows what law enforcement is closing in on.”

Kayla Montgomery, now estranged from Adam Montgomery, told police on New Years Eve that she believed Harmony was returned to her mother in 2019 after Thanksgiving and was never seen or heard from again. from her.

“Not everything that is suggested or evoked by the state is before the court. This is not an allegation Ms. Montgomery faces,” said Paul Garrity, her attorney.

Garrity said Kayla Montgomery had appeared in court over the past few years on various misdemeanor charges and had strong ties to the Manchester area. He suggested she would be eligible for release to be part of a residential program with her children which is described on its website as providing “clinically intensive rehabilitative treatment” for substance use disorders.

Kayla Montgomery, center, stepmother of missing daughter Harmony Montgomery, is escorted out of North Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester, NH on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, following a hearing where she was pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of lying last the year Harmony was at her home claiming food stamps. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Kayla and Adam Montgomery’s children – they now have three – currently live with Kayla Montgomery’s mother in Manchester. The judge took the case under advisement.

Adam Montgomery, 31, was charged earlier this month with multiple counts, including not having Harmony in his custody. He pleaded not guilty and was jailed without bond.

Manchester Police said they last saw Harmony in September 2019, during a house call.

The police are still asking for the public’s help in locating Harmony. Anyone with information is asked to call 603-203-6060. Manchester Police also said a reward for information to find Harmony had also increased to $144,000. Harmony’s great-uncle also started a fundraising campaign.

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